Data reveals impact of Covid- 19 on livelihoods and futures

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Poor and vulnerable communities across the world, including the forcibly displaced. Those who are struggling with the pandemics far reaching consequences .

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on refugees. The internally displaced and the stateless is laid bare by global data . it is showing the pandemic effects on jobs, incomes, food security and more.

In a data visualization project entitled “livilhoods, food and futures: Covid- 19 and the displaced, ‘ . UNHCR, the UN refugee Agency , collated statistics from numerous sources to shed more light on the effects of the pandemic on poor and volunerable people, including refugees.

The storymap- the third in a series examining. The displaced communities have been affected by the coronavirus – illustrates the drastic falls in levels of employment and incomes since the onset of the pandemic. It also explores how families are coping to meet basic needs, in many cases forced to cut corners because of shrinking household budgets.

But job losses and evaporating incomes could not just be measured in purely economic terms, said Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at the UN Refugee Agency. “The ‘side rffects’ of this financial crisis are pernicious and devastating- on education, mental and physical health , food security, gender-based violence community relationships and beyond,” he said.

As a result of the Pandemic, volunerable households, including those among displaced communities, are resorting to negative ways of coping such as cutting meals, increasing debts, selling assets or cutting short their children’s education.

“Covid- 19 has shown us is that exclusion kills,” he said, ” No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Originally Published by UNHCR on 2 February 2021.

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